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Message About Overtime

30 December 2016

SECAMB CrestMost of you will be aware that SECAmb is currently facing a very serious financial situation and we are having to take extra-ordinary actions to keep a grip on our spending.

It is apparent that there has been some general confusion and speculation on the subject of overtime.  In order to provide some further clarity about allocation of overtime and what this means in practice, I thought it would be useful if I highlighted the following key messages:

  • Overtime for operational shifts in field operations and EOC has not been cancelled.  However, the requirement for overtime shifts will be closely scrutinised by the relevant management teams. Therefore, only those shifts deemed to add significant benefit, in terms of meeting patient demand, will be offered as overtime.
  • With effect from Sunday, 1 January 2017, no further enhanced overtime shifts (double time outside of normal AfC bank holiday shifts) will be offered out to any staff.  Any enhanced overtime shifts already allocated to named individuals will of course be honoured.  This applies to all staff in field operations and EOC.

Everyone up and down the country is working harder, experiencing levels of demand pressure that we have not seen in previous years, making the situation we face very challenging indeed.  So it is really appreciated that staff have made such great efforts to meet the needs of our patients, particularly over the festive period.  

Thank you all for your continued endeavours and commitment during this challenging winter.

Joe Garcia - Interim Director of Operations

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